A Dozen Tornadoes Tear Through Texas

Possibly a dozen tornadoes rumbled across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area Tuesday, leveling homes and tossing big-rigs around like toy trucks. North Texans scrambled for cover as warning sirens blared throughout the afternoon.

Some injuries, but no confirmed fatalities, were reported. Homes and businesses in at least seven counties were hit hard. By evening, the most severe storms were moving into Arkansas and Louisiana.

At the height of the storms, the National Weather Service declared Dallas-Fort Worth counties to be under a “tornado emergency.” Sirens blared in downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, schools huddled children in hallways and passengers at DFW International Airport were rushed to safe areas. Amateur images of the twisters flooded social media, including baseball player Mike Napoli’s video of a funnel cloud passing over the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The first tornado touched down 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth as many workers were returning from lunch. From there, it seemed like watches and warnings started coming from all directions. Mayors of a few North Texas towns declared their cities to be local disaster areas.

As nightfall approached, scores of homeowners cleaned up what they could. Some scoured damaged neighborhoods for family photos and other personal items. Others were reportedly looking for missing pets. The American Red Cross was dispatched to the hardest hit areas and were seeking volunteers to help dispense aid.

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Credit Card Details Exposed in ‘Anonymous’ Stratfor Hacking

A rogue group of malicious hackers penetrated the database of U.S. think tank Stratfor over the Christmas holiday weekend and stole thousands of credit card files. Those credit cards were then subsequently used to make online payments to a variety of charitable organizations. Modern day digital Robin Hood? Think again.

Stratfor, short for Strategic Forecasting, is a company that caters to the U.S. intelligence community. Hence, it is loosely tied to the U.S. government, making it a target of Anonymous-like hackers. The company tracks global open data to come up with a daily briefing that it sells to its clients. The client list was confidential until the hackers published it on Dec. 24, 2011.

The hackers claim that the credit card data in Stratfor’s database was unencrypted. Even though most Anonymous hacks are not designed for outright theft, this wing of the group used the credit card information and started making payments to charities such as the American Red Cross, CARE, Save The Children and Africa Child Foundation. Approximately 17,000 cards were compromised in the hack (though not all had payments to charitable organizations).

The Stratfor hack was apparently done by a group of Anonymous associated with a hacker named Sabu. After Sabu and others posted the Stratfor information online, the main Anonymous group moved quickly to say that they had no part in the breach of the company. The Stratfor website is currently offline as of Monday, Dec. 26 at 12:35 p.m. EST.


Source: ReadWriteWeb.com

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